- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have called their third child Louis Arthur Charles – and royal experts say it’s a nod to relatives, past and present.
- One obvious link is with Prince Louis’ grandfather, Prince Charles, while the name may also be a tribute to Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle and mentor.
- The baby is fifth in line to the throne, bumping Prince Harry into sixth place.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have called their third child Louis Arthur Charles – and it is likely to be a nod to the young Prince’s relatives, past and present.
One obvious link is with Prince Louis’ grandfather, Prince Charles, while the name may also be a tribute to Louis Mountbatten.
Mountbatten was Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip’s uncle and mentor. He encouraged his nephew to marry Queen Elizabeth, and was considered an “honorary grandfather” by Prince Charles,according to the MailOnline.Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.
Louis is also the middle name of both Prince William and his eldest son Prince George. Their full names are William Arthur Philip Louis and George Alexander Louis respectively.
Here’s a graphic of the royal baby name origins.
Louis is currently the 71st most popular name for a baby boy in England and Wales, according to Press Association journalist Ian Jones. It could well climb in the rankings in the same way Charlotte did after Princess Charlotte was named.
Louis is currently the 71st most popular name for a baby boy in England & Wales, ranking behind the likes of Teddy, Harvey, Hugo and Reggie.
— Ian Jones (@ian_a_jones) April 27, 2018
Kensington Palace announced the new Prince’s name in a tweet on Friday. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge,” it said.
Kate Middleton gave birth to the baby boy weighing 8lbs, 7oz, at 11.01 a.m. on Monday April at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.
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